ONE of the Sunshine Coast's largest charity shops has stopped giving out free bread because of occupational health and safety concerns.
Maroochydore Salvation Army officer Sue McGuigan said the decision to stop the bread handouts at the Aerodrome Rd Family Store had been made because of concerns for the "safety and health of our customers".
Mrs McGuigan said free bread would still be available at the Salvos community centre in Broadmeadows Ave, near Bunnings.
The centre is only open from 10am to 1pm three days a week and it will be necessary for people to "see one of the workers" before they can be given the free bread.
Mrs McGuigan said the Maroochydore family store sold second-hand goods and it was full of dust.
"There are difficulties around handling foods in those circumstances," she said.
"This about the safety and health of our customers."
A Salvation Army spokesman said other stores may still offer the free bread as each family store was managed independently and it was up to the store managers to make the decision.
Maroochydore woman Julie Allan was very disappointed the bread would no longer be easily available.
Ms Allan collected the free bread at least every two months to give out at a charity barbecue.
"It can't possibly be unhealthy," she said.
"It is individually wrapped and tied.
"We put that bread to good use.
"I can't understand some people, they must know families come in and collect the bread there. It is taking occupational health and safety very far."
Ms Allan she she doubted many would bother to go to the community centre to get bread.
The Salvos spokesman said it was the exception, not the rule, for Salvation Army stores to offer free bread in south-east Queensland.
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